MERIDEN - Robert Francis Coffey, 87, husband of June (LaMontagne) Coffey, died on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home of 63 years, surrounded by his family. Bob was born on May 9, 1927, and was the son of the late Francis Coffey and Marie (Klenske) Coffey. Bob was a lifelong resident of Meriden, and is a graduate of the Meriden Public Schools.
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Bob retired from the Connecticut State Police as a sergeant after 27 years of dedicated service. He was a Navy World War II veteran and fought in the Battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He was a parishioner of Holy Angels Church, where he married his bride of 65 years. In the 1940s, "Irish Bob" Coffey was a semi-pro boxer who amassed a record of 44 wins and only two losses. He was also a proud member of the Sons of Italy Football Team, the Acorn Gang, and the Antique Veterans.
Bob was extremely proud of his family, and shared stories about their accomplishments with everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife, June; and children, Patricia Bremer, of Middletown; Colleen Kerelejza, of South Meriden; Deborah Berger, of Granby; Mary Hennessey, of Bolton; Daniel Coffey, of Berlin; Barbara Ladas, of Berlin; and Christine Capodice, of Berlin. He cherished his 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, especially Irene Jiminez, for their loving care during his last days. Donations may be made to Holy Angels Church, 585 Main St., Meriden, CT 06451.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, and at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on June 8, 2014